We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 scariest movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Saw (2004) 49% at Rotten Tomatoes
The horror movie that redefined the genre into psychological gore fests, Saw is your worst nightmare come true. Two men wake up imprisoned in a bathroom, forced through a psychological game by Jigsaw, a serial killer with a sick sense of humor.
Director: James Wan
Starring: Cary Elwes, Dina Meyer, Tobin Bell
9. 28 Days Later (2002) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
If you’re used to zombies walking, this is the movie where they start barreling toward you in waves. An incurable virus wipes out the majority of the population, and the handful of survivors are doing everything to find peace.
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
8. Hostel (2005) 61% at Rotten Tomatoes
A European backpacking trip sounds like the envy of every American hipster. When these kids do it, however, it leads to an Eastern European torture house that makes Jigsaw’s pad seem almost enviable.
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Jay Hernandez, Barbara Nedeljakova, Derek Richardson
7. Gothika (2003) 14% at Rotten Tomatoes
When a psychologist wakes up in a mental institute, it’s easy to think maybe she went crazy. However, what follows is a grisly thriller leading her to either kill or be killed.
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Starring: Halle Berry, Charles S Dutton, Penelope Cruz
6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2004) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
Tim Burton brings his creepy on-screen style to the infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a barber with a taste for murder. It’s also a musical, which you wouldn’t think would work for a horror movie until you try to eat meat after.
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman
5. [Rec] (2007) 88% at Rotten Tomatoes
When a cameraman and reporter are locked in a rundown tenement building, the found footage genre is reinvigorated for a new generation. This movie will have you terrified of walking around any apartment building at night.
Director: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza
Starring: Manuela Velasco, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Ferran Terraza
4. Pulse (2001) 74% at Rotten Tomatoes
Featuring parallel stories about ghosts on the Internet, Pulse ushers in a new age of modern horror. Japanese horror icon Kurosawa crafts a chilling look at the gloom of technology and human chaos.
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring: Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki
3. The Orphanage (2007) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
An orphanage for handicapped children who weren’t exactly treated right isn’t the place you want to be, even years later. Especially don’t bring your kids, who will befriend the ghosts of the invalids.
Director: Sergio G Sanchez
Starring: Belen Rueda, Roger Princep, Fernando Cayo
2. Cloverfield (2008) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
New York has seen its share of devastating cinematic attacks, but none quite like Cloverfield. You’re watching through the lenses of various cameras as a giant alien destroys the city. It’s found footage meets blockbuster monster movies.
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Mike Vogel
1. The Host (2006) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
This big budget action flick predates Cloverfield and outshines any remakes or knockoffs. The giant monster that emerges from River Han to kidnap a little girl becomes the prey, as her family bands together to fight it. You’ll be at the edge of your seat the entire time.
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Bae Doo-na, Ko Ah-sung